Water and sewer bills will be going up for residents in 2013, as Lakewood City Council passed the increased fees during its meeting on Monday.
Jennifer R. Pae, director of finance, said the water fees will increase by 3 percent and the sewer fees will increase by 10 percent.
One reason for the increase is that people are using less water. Mayor Michael Summers told Patch earlier this month that the decrease in usage doesn't lessen the cost to maintain the system—costs have to go up to make up the difference.
Additionally, the city plans to replace water meters at businesses and homes, Pae said after the meeting.
Council passed the increases as part of the budget for 2013 at its final meeting of the year on Monday.
For more on the 2013 budget, check Lakewood Patch on Tuesday afternoon.